Genetic ancestry testing

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Guests: ANITA FOEMAN, BESSIE LAWTON and ALONDRA NELSON

Genetic ancestry testing has given many people clues to their biological make up – to a specific country, region or tribe. Yet, many scholars argue that DNA ancestry tests are limited because DNA tests can be vague and the quality may vary. Some of the results can call into question how we define ourselves, racially or ethnically? In this hour, Mary talks with ANITA FOEMAN and BESSIE LAWTON, professors at West Chester University who teach a course called Intercultural Communication where students have recently read their genetic tests and talked about the personal, social and emotional meanings. Also joining the conversation, ALONDRA NELSON, Dean of Social Science at Columbia University and author of “The Social Life of DNA” will discuss how we can use the DNA test results to tell rich stories about our lives.

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